The Battle for Detroit
A police shooting outside a community center leaves two black teenagers dead. Protesters take to the streets, igniting a movement to elect the city’s first black mayor. As election day approaches, the future of a racially polarized city hangs in the balance.
LISTEN TO CHAPTER TWO
The North End Family Center
A Movement Against STRESS
Coleman Takes Office
DETROIT UNDER STRESS
The interview with Richard Worobec in this episode appears courtesy of David Van Wie's documentary “Detroit Under STRESS.” To learn more about David's film and find out how to watch it, visit detroitunderstress.com.
Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. It’s produced by Rob Szypko, Soraya Shockley, John White, and Samantha Lee. The senior producer is Drew Nelles. Editing by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. Editing help from Alex Blumberg and Caitlin Kenney. Fact-checking by Jennifer Blackman. This episode was mixed, sound designed, and scored by Kenny Kusiak. Original music this season composed by Homer Steinweiss. We recorded some original music at Rustbelt Studios in Detroit in partnership with Detroit Sound Conservancy. Special thanks to Carleton Gholz and Maurice “Pirahnahead” Herd. Additional music by John Kusiak and Kenny Kusiak, and additional mixing by Bobby Lord. Our theme song is “Politicians In My Eyes” by Death. Our credit music this week is “Still in My Heart,” written and performed by Detroit Soul Ambassador Melvin Davis. Archival research by Brennan Rees.
Archival footage courtesy of the Shrine of Black Madonna of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church, the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History. Show art and design by James Cabrera and Elise Harven. To learn more about STRESS, check out Mark Binelli’s piece “The Fire Last Time” in the New Republic. Thanks to the Detroit Free Press, Peter Bhatia, Jim Schaeffer, Mary Schroeder, Mary Wallace, Melissa Samson, the Detroit Historical Society, Sheila Cockrel, Barbara Rose-Collins, Gail McKnight, Jacqueline Beaird, Jaramogi Menelik Kimathi, Kehinde Briggs, everyone at the Shrine (including the choir), Larry Mongo, Kirk Cheyfitz, Erin Henneghan, Elliott Hall, Mayer Morganroth, and everyone who shared their stories with us. Detroit is an amazing place, and we’re honored to tell a small part of its story.